2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Spring 2012 Report—Chapter 2

Exhibit 2.4—Greenhouse gas regulations have taken up to 5 years to develop and will not, on their own, realize sufficient reductions to meet the 2020 target

The following lists the steps from 2006 to 2020 in the development of greenhouse gas regulations for three categories of emissions: passenger automobile and light trucks, renewable fuels, and proposed coal-fired electricity.

Passenger automobile and light truck regulations (2011–16 model years)

  • October 2006: Notice of intent to regulate air pollutants, including greenhouse gas regulations for vehicles
  • April 2009: Notice of intent to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new passenger automobiles and light trucks
  • April 2010: Proposed regulations with 60-day comment period
  • October 2010: Final regulations come into effect
  • 2020: Expected greenhouse gas reduction: 9 to 10 million tonnes [Note: Additional emission reductions required to meet the 2020 target is 178 million tonnes according to Canada’s Emissions Trends, 2011]

Renewable fuels regulations

  • December 2006: Renewable Fuels Strategy announced and notice of intent to regulate published
  • April 2010: Proposed regulations with 60-day comment period
  • September 2010: Final regulations for gasoline content
  • December 2010: Renewable fuel content in gasoline comes into effect
  • February 2011: Amendments to regulations to include renewable fuel content in diesel and heating oil
  • July 2011: Renewable fuel content in diesel and heating oil comes into effect
  • 2020: Expected greenhouse gas reduction: 2 to 3 million tonnes [Note: Additional emission reductions required to meet the 2020 target is 178 million tonnes according to Canada’s Emissions Trends, 2011]

Proposed coal-fired electricity regulations

  • June 2010: Announcement of intent to regulate emissions from coal-fired electricity generation
  • August 2011: Proposed regulations with 60-day comment period
  • July 2015: Regulations come into effect
  • 2020: Expected greenhouse gas reduction: 6 million tonnes [Note: Additional emission reductions required to meet the 2020 target is 178 million tonnes according to Canada’s Emissions Trends, 2011]

Source: Compiled from information from the Canada Gazette and Environment Canada.

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